Thursday, May 26, 2011
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE? What are damages, generally?
Our civil justice is premised on the idea that although money is a poor substitute for ones physical health and peace of mind, it is how the law measures the magnitude of your loss. Every day Baltimorepersonal injury lawyers use this idea, that in our legal system money is substituted for an intangible loss, to obtain financial recoveries for their injured clients. The amounts of money recovered are "damages". Specific strains of damages are discussed in more detail in specific chapters of this volume. All damage types [e.g. lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills] have one thing in common. Experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyers know the damages one seeks to recover must have been a foreseeable consequence to a reasonable person in the defendant's shoes at the time of the accident. All of us must exercise reasonable care to keep our fellow citizens safe from harm. We cannot engage in conduct that directly injures others. Moreover, we must conform our conduct so that is does not create a zone of danger into which other may venture. But the scope of potential liability is limited by the concept of forseeability.